Accreditation Standards




1. Mission, Governance and Administration

The policies and practices of the unit ensure that it has an effectively and fairly administered working and learning environment.

2. Curriculum and Instruction

The unit provides a curriculum and instruction, whether on site or online, that enable students to learn the knowledge, competencies and values the Council defines for preparing students to work in a diverse global and domestic society.

3. Diversity and Inclusiveness

The unit has an inclusive program that value domestic and global diversity, and serves and reflects society.

4. Full-Time and Part-Time Faculty.

The unit hires, supports and evaluates a capable faculty with a balance of academic and professional credentials appropriate to the unit’s mission.

5. Scholarship: Research, Creative and Professional Activity

With unit support, faculty members contribute to the advancement of scholarly and professional knowledge and engage in scholarship (research, creative and professional activity) that contributes to their development.

6. Student Services

The unit provides students with the support and services that promote learning anfc ensure timely completion of their program of study.

7. Resources, Facilities and Equipment

The unit plans for, seeks and receives adequate resources to fulfill and sustain its mission

8. Professional and Public Service

The unit and it faculty advance journalism and mass communication professions, fulfilling obligations to its community, alumni and the greater public.

9. Assessment of Learning Outcomes

The unit regularly assess student learning and applies results to improve curriculum and instruction.




The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications requires that, irrespective of their particular specialization, all graduates should be aware of certain core values and competencies and be able to: 

  • UNDERSTAND and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances;
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications;
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society;
  • UNDERSTAND concepts and apply theories in the use and presentation of images and information;
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity;
  • THINK critically, creatively and independently;
  • CONDUCT research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work;
  • WRITE correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, audiences and purposes they serve;
  • CRITICALLY evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness;
  • APPLY basic numerical and statistical concepts;
  • APPLY current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.